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55+ Minimalist Quotes To Keep Your Life Simple

Quotes on minimalism teach how to live a simple life.

In the literal sense, minimalism means owning fewer possessions and getting rid of things that don't add value to your life.

But, did you know that minimalism refers to an art movement as well? It began in the post-World War II era and was initially associated with the American visual arts.

The idea of minimalism is all about simplicity. Living simply means that you prioritize the things that you value the most and discard all that is a threat to your peace of mind. De-cluttering your living space, spending time alone, and working only as much as you can take are some effective ways to lead a minimalistic life. Get started by reading these minimal quotes.

If you like what you read check out simple life quotes and clear mind quotes as well!

Minimalist Living Quotes

Quotes on minimalism will help you find life's joys.

Here are some minimalist lifestyle quotes including Joshua Becker minimalism quotes to inspire you to embrace simplicity!

1. “I've found that the less stuff I own, the less my stuff owns me.”

- Nathan W. Morris.

2. "Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital."

- Dalai Lama.

3. "The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn't simple."

- Doris Janzen Longacre.

4. “Simplicity involves unburdening your life, and living more lightly with fewer distractions that interfere with a high-quality life."

- Linda Breen Pierce.

5. “A vocabulary of truth and simplicity will be of service throughout your life.”

- Winston Churchill.

6. “Be a curator of your life. Slowly cut things out until you’re left only with what you love, with what’s necessary, with what makes you happy.”

- Leo Babauta.

7. "Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest. By doing this, you can reset your life and embark on a new lifestyle."

- Marie Kondo.

8. “One can furnish a room very luxuriously by taking out furniture rather than putting it in.”

- Francis Jourdain.

9. “Owning less is better than organizing more.”

- Joshua Becker.

10. “For if we all took only what was necessary to satisfy our own needs, giving the rest to those who lack, no one would be rich, no one would be poor, and no one would be in need.”

- Saint Basil.

11. “Learn to live with less so that you appreciate more.”  

- James Ryan.

12. "Simplicity is extremely important for happiness."

- Dalai Lama.

13. “Clutter is not just the stuff on your floor, it’s anything that stands between you and the life you want to be living”

- Peter Walsh.

14. “When I own less, fewer things go wrong and need to be fixed.”

- Lisa J. Shultz.

15. “Bottom line: If our lives are burdened with clutter, we’re giving the best of ourselves away to the things that matter least.”

- Erica Layne.

16. “More was never the answer. The answer, it turned out, was always less.”

- Cait Flanders.

17. "If one's life is simple, contentment has to come."

- Dalai Lama.

18. “If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

- William Morris.

19. “Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly.”

- Nathan W. Morris.

20. “Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.”

- Edwin Way Teale.

21. "It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly."

- Bertrand Russell.

22. "In our overcrowded homes today, most possessions are not truly 'belongings'. They are only distracting us from the things that do belong."

- Joshua Becker.

23.  “I'd rather have extra space and extra time than extra stuff.”

- Francine Jay.

24. "As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness."

- Henry David Thoreau.

25. "You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains."

- Steve Jobs.

26. “Have the courage to build your life around what is really most important to you.”

- Joshua Becker.

27. "Sell your clothes- keep your thoughts."

- Henry David Thoreau.

28. "You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need."

- Vernon Howard.

29. “The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don't.”

- Joshua Becker.

Thought-Provoking Minimalist Quotes

Quotes on minimalism are quite inspiring!

These minimalist quotes including Sandra Cisneros quotes are words to live by, quote words that'll help you declutter!

30. “I have my own definition of minimalism, which is that which is created with a minimum of means.”

- La Monte Young.

31. “Smile, breathe, and go slowly.”

- Thich Nhat Hanh.

32. “A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.”

- Eleanor Roosevelt.

33. “Nature is pleased with simplicity.”

- Isaac Newton.

34. "What holds your time, holds your life.

And if it's possessions that hold these things,

It will demand it all."

- Eric Overby.

35. "Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you."

- Lao Tzu.

36. “There are two ways to be rich: One is by acquiring much, and the other is by desiring little.”

- Jackie French Koller.

37. "That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity."

- Steve Jobs.

38. "We crave things we neither need nor enjoy."

- Richard J. Foster.

39. "Simple pleasures are the last healthy refuge in a complex world."

- Oscar Wilde.

40. "It is always the simple that produces the marvelous."

-  Amelia Barr.

41. "In the rush of today's world, and with more than half of us now living in cities, the majority of people are less and less connected with the spectacle of nature."

- Louise Leakey.

42. “This is the beautiful secret of minimalism: It may seem like it’s about stuff, but once you’ve cut through the clutter and adopted a new frame of mind, you learn that it’s barely about ‘the stuff’ at all.”

- Erica Layne.

43. "I have to remind myself to live simply and not overindulge, which is a constant battle in a material world."

- Sandra Cisneros.

44. “It's not always that we need to do more but rather that we need to focus on less.”

- Nathan W. Morris.

45. "The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less."

- Socrates.

46. “Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like.”

- Will Rogers.

47. “My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do.”

- Francine Jay.

48. "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."

- Leonardo da Vinci.

49. “Minimalism isn’t about removing things you love. It’s about removing the things that distract you from the things you love.”

- Joshua Becker.

Quotes From The Documentary 'Minimalism'

Here are some insightful minimalist documentary quotes from the 2016 Netflix show to help you make things in life simple.

50. "So much of our life is lived in a fog of automatic, habitual behavior."

- Dan Harris, 'Minimalism,' 2016.

51. "I had everything I was supposed to have. Everyone around me said, 'you're successful.' But, really, I was miserable. There was this gaping void in my life."

- Ryan Nicodemus, 'Minimalism,' 2016.

52. " We spend so much time on the hunt, but nothing ever quite does it for us. And we get so wrapped up in the hunt that it makes us kind of miserable."

- Dan Harris,  'Minimalism,' 2016.

53. "I was living paycheck to paycheck, living for a paycheck, living for stuff. But I wasn't living at all."

- Ryan Nicodemus, 'Minimalism,' 2016.

54. "I think we're confused about what's going to make us happy. "

- Sam Harris, 'Minimalism,' 2016.

55. "It is clear that, as human beings, we have strong attachment initially in our lives to people who are caring for us. And sometimes it feels like those attachments spill over to objects as if they are as important as people."

- Gail Steketee, 'Minimalism,' 2016.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for minimalist quotes then why not take a look at [Marie Kondo quotes], or simplicity quotes.

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